Amidst a global pandemic (and as we approach the colder months), it is more important now than ever to keep your immune system strong. By improving your immune system, otherwise known as your body’s own defense system, you can help to prevent unwanted illness. With another emergence of COVID-19, we have all been conditioned to wear masks, keep safe distancing and wash our hands regularly, but what else can you do to improve your immune health?
Believe it or not, Acupuncture is one way to give your immune system a boost! Research has shown that Acupuncture can help to improve immune health in various ways including the following:
Increases Red and White blood cells as well as T-Cells (all essential to immune health)
Increases levels of Interferon ( the immune systems messenger hormone)
Increases blood and lymph circulation
Reduces stress hormones
In addition to Acupuncture, here are some other ways you can enhance your immune health:
Get adequate sleep. Your body heals while you sleep and if you are overworked or overtired, your body is less likely to fight pathogens it comes into contact with.
Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits. Fruits and veggies contain nutrients and antioxidants that your body needs to function optimally.
Avoid sugar and junk food. One study revealed that immune cells were paralyzed for 30 minutes following the consumption of sugar! If your immune cells are taking a break, how will your body fight pathogens??
Exercise! Not only can physical activity help to flush out pathogens, but exercise helps to circulate lymph, White Blood Cell’s and Antibodies (all major players in your body’s defense system).
Manage Stress with Acupuncture and Meditation! Your body is more susceptible to infection when stressed. Keep those stress hormones down!